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"R.Gancie/C.Parcelli" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 16 May 2000 17:43:46 -0400
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> Bookfinder.com is meant to pick up items listed at the Advanced Book
> Exchange and bibliofind, but I'm sure you're right in recommending doing a
> belt and braces search on those sites if bookfinder doesn't give you the
> book you're after.

Yes, bookfinder often picks up ABE & Bibliofind titles, but there have
been several times when the ABE titles haven't shown up properly. I'm on
a used-book dealer discussion list & listees there often complain that
their titles are dropped.  A colleague of mine once priced a nice lot of
art books on bookfinder & was amazed at how scarce the books were.  But
when he looked on ABE he found they were common.  The discrepancy was
from software glitches between ABE & bookfinder--but in any case it
can't hurt to check both services.  Internet bookselling is in a strange
state right now.  Some used book dealers sell the same books on Alibris
& Barnes&Noble.  But Alibris and Barnes&Noble mark up the price.  I
tracked one book by the same dealer on ABE & Alibris & Barnes&Noble --
same book, same bookdealer -- but on Alibris it was $60.00, on
Barnes&Noble it was $52.00, and on ABE & Bibliofind it was $42.00!

Of course, if Bookfinder & ABE had been in sync that day, the customer
would have seen all the listings.  Still--it's rough out there!

Rosalie Gancie
Alphaville Bookshop